The $10.8 million Visitor Center opened with 200-300 people in attendance. The 16,500 sq. ft. center is located near Table Rock Dam on Hwy 165, in clear view from the road. The center’s main focus is to educate visitors on the lake and Missouri’s environment around the lake. In addition to exhibits, there are conference rooms, a video viewing area, gift shop and scientific experiments lab area for children. The building is Gold Leadership in energy and the most environmentally friendly buildings that can be built. For more information visit tablerockdamtours.com.
Archives for June 2012
Things are starting to run around for home sellers and real estate firms!
The latest housing market report shows the strongest numbers the Tri-lakes area has seen since prior to the recession.
According to Doug Lay, Interim Director of the Tri-Lakes Board of Realtors, the report is the best the local market has generated since 2007. He stated that factors aiding in the rebound include an improving economy and rising consumer confidence in most areas not related to fuel costs. Also, historically low mortgage interest rates are also a contributing factor.
The report lists 192 sold listings through the first quarter of 2012, which is a 25% improvement over the previous year. Pending listings are up more that 36% year to date.
Record Decembers were one of the topics at a recent Stone County Commission meeting. Silver Dollar City and the Branson West Walmart were mentioned as large businesses that had reported increased earnings.
Last years January revenue of $160,324 was the highest it’s been in that month since 2007.
Commissioners were concerned about the high gas prices having an effect on the tourism but in the unofficial December sales report is what they think it is, Stone County’s tax revenues could be closer to what they were in 2007.
Yakov Smirnoff’s last full season to perform in Branson will be next year. In 2013 Yakov will be touring and performing his Happily Ever Laughter one man show.